Tuesday, May 12, 2015

The India government may need to ask geologists about the possibility of evacuating the area.

Mount Everest and the Himalayas were formed by the collision of two continental plates; the Australian-Indian Plate and the Eurasian Plate. 

As a result the land was 'uplifted' to the heights Mount Everest is recorded at today. It was a major collision. And it caused a lot folding of the land. Because the land folded and moved upward there are many faults in the land. While there are faults they are still part of the same plate. What does that mean? It means as the continental plate shifts it will set off the movement of the faults.

The bottom of this entry mentions the different type of rocks found at the peaks of Mount Everest. Those facts are rarely discussed because they are covered in snow and ice. Ice is even considered a rock by scientists. 

The point is the movement of these separate layers of rock may continue as they slide against each other. One layer of rock can displace and/or create pressure on other rock layers. 

An earthquake as powerful as one greater than 7 on the Richter scale is dangerous to life. India may want to alert the people of this fact and recommend they come out of the mountains. I simply can't let the thought that everyone will be okay as time progresses linger. That may not be the case.

Rasoul Sorkhabi

The earthquake (click here) that devastated the Kashmir region in Pakistan and India in October 2005 will go down in history as the 'Great Kashmir Earthquake of 2005' that killed over 87,000 people (about 86,000 people in the Pakistan side and 1,350 in the Indian side of Kashmir), injured at least 100,000 people, ruined tens of thousands of houses and buildings, and made some three million people homeless. Tragic as it was, earthquakes are common in the Himalaya. This calls for better understanding of Himalayan earthquakes, better preparedness against earthquakes, and regional cooperation of governments, scientific institutions, and communities to mitigate the disastrous effects of these natural events in the Himalaya....

It just seems as though whatever preparedness has taken place is still not sufficient. I don't know if preparedness can be sufficient in this location of the Earth. People need to realize the danger before them and make decisions about their own lives.

May 12, 2015
By Krishnadev Calamur and Eyder Peralta

A Marine Corps helicopter (click here) helping with earthquake relief efforts in Nepal has been declared missing, but a Defense Department official said that so far there has been no indication it crashed.
U.S. Army Col. Steve Warren said an Indian helicopter nearby heard radio chatter from the Marine aircraft about a possible fuel problem. NPR's Tom Bowman says the U.S. cannot confirm the Indian account.
Warren said the chopper, which was carrying six Marines and two Nepali army soldiers, had dropped off supplies, including tarps and rice, in one location and was heading to another when contact was lost.
The UH-1 Huey was conducting an operation near Charikot, Nepal, on Tuesday about 9 a.m. local time. Marines in a V-22 Osprey searched near the last known location for about 90 minutes.
Warren said the helicopter may have landed in a low area and may be unable to get a beacon or radio signal out.

Updated at 8:15 p.m. ET

NPR's Julie McCarthy reports that a new quake, this one 7.3, struck Tuesday and was centered close to Mount Everest, near where the Marine helicopter went missing.,,,

I was surprised, but, pleased Ms. Mosby was able to carry out her investigation in tandum with the police.

May 1, 2015
By Gene Demby

..."I come from five generations of law enforcement. (click here) My father was an officer, my mother was an officer, several of my aunts and uncles, my recently departed and beloved grandfather was one of the founding members of the first black police organization in Massachusetts. I can tell you that the actions of these officers will not and should not, in any way, damage the important working relationships between police and prosecutors as we continue to fight together to reduce crime in Baltimore. Thank you for your courage, committee and sacrifice for the betterment of the community."...

As soon as she announced her findings the city of Baltimore decompressed and returned to their lives which included cleaning up the place where CVS once stood.

When people criticize her office, they have no reason to do so. She was obviously in control of the facts. She didn't rely on the police investigation to find the facts in the case. The backlash against Ms. Moby is inappropriate. It is gender discrimination. 

Ms. Mosby's office was able to conduct their investigation in the same time frame as the police department conducted theirs. The police investigation was announced by a man. When the Baltimore State Attorney's findings were announced it was by a woman.

Prince was scheduled to appear in Baltimore long before the death of Freddie Gray. Prince didn't know Mr. Gray. 

May 10, 2015
By Yvonne Wenger and Wesley Case

Devoted fans (click here) like Luther Washington said Prince's "Rally 4 Peace" concert Sunday was just what Baltimore needed to heal after massive protests shook the city in recent weeks.
Outside Royal Farms Arena, Washington was part of a celebratory crowd of thousands who waited peacefully for the doors to open.
Washington and his wife, Beate — who paid about $200 apiece for floor seats to the show — felt the expensive tickets were worth the price to see the mercurial and unpredictable artist, who pledged a portion of the proceeds would go to Baltimore-based youth charities....

When Prince realized he was coming to Baltimore shortly after the death of Freddie Gray he named the concert "Rally 4 Peace." Rather typical generosity for someone like him. 

Ms. Mosby and others were somewhat necessary to be at the concert. It was a concert to benefit Baltimore and she was a significant person and would bring the understanding this was for the people of Baltimore.

She was invited on stage by Prince and quite appropriately she obliged the request. I am sure it was a very important point in the concert. If it were me I'd be floating in air to be on the same stage as Prince. I would have been certain my feet weren't touching the ground regardless of anyone saying otherwise.

I congratulate Prince for his love of people and bringing such a momentous concert to Baltimore. It was a good thing. I also thank Ms. Mosby for being accommodatingly generous for her participation at the concert. It was also a good thing. I congratulate Baltimore for coming to terms with violence and resolving to achieve a better outcome for their city and themselves. The criticism of Prince, Baltimore or Ms. Mosby is completely out of line. 

Evidently, Jeb Bush has trouble with the language. He didn't comprehend the question the first time around.

May 12, 2015
By Rebecca Nelson

Jeb Bush's confident affirmative answer (click here) this week that he would have authorized the invasion of Iraq "knowing what we know now"? All a misinterpretation, he says.
On The Sean Hannity Show Tuesday, the former Florida governor said that he thought the question, asked by Fox News' Megyn Kelly during an interview that aired Monday night, was under the stipulation "given what you knew then."

"I don't know what that decision would have been. That's a hypothetical," he said. 

"The simple fact is mistakes were made."

The all-but-official presidential contender took a beating Tuesday from both the Left and Right over his initial answer to Kelly's question, when he responded that just like his brother, former President George W. Bush, he would have authorized the 2003 invasion....

I am so very, very tired of the mistakes Bushs make.

After 4,486 U.S. soldiers died in Iraq and 2,345 U.S. soldiers died in Afghanistan, 1 million U.S. soldiers wounded in both wars, and a potential cost of up to $6 trillion, a new group like ISIL now causes havoc in the Middle East.Sep 17, 2014.

There were plenty of mistakes, too.

The number 1833 ring a bell? Not far from the number of American soldiers that died in Iraq.

No? Don't recall that number? 

It only took one day of mistakes to kill 1833 Americans in New Orleans.

Remember now? "Good job, Brownie."

But, mistakes were made.

See, these aren't really mistakes. They were lies. Huge difference. 

"Good job, Brownie" was a lie. It was intended to cue the media to sweep it all under the rub. The yellow rug. The one in the Oval Office.   

I am getting a little tired of the mistakes. Maybe more than a little tired of it. 

Lots and lots of mistakes were made.

By Susan Ladika

Everyone (click here) from retirees who can't afford to live on Social Security, to baby boomers who were downsized, to college graduates who can't find work, to homeowners who drained the equity from their homes helped push 2009 personal bankruptcy filings up by nearly one-third over the previous year.

"This is now a perfect storm" as 2009 saw house prices fall and unemployment and foreclosure rates rise, says David P. Leibowitz, a bankruptcy attorney and managing member of LakeLaw, headquartered in Waukegan, Ill.

More than 1.4 million consumer filings were recorded last year (2009), according to AACER (Automated Access to Court Electronic Records) and the American Bankruptcy Institute. Both groups issued 2009 year-end reports this week based on data compiled from U.S. bankruptcy courts. That number compares to fewer than 1.1 million filings in 2008, making for a 32 percent increase. And 2008 was no easy year, with bankruptcies rising by one-third from 2007....

US and Cuba Ambassadors are on their way, while Presdient Hollande makes the first visit by any French President.

I realize the politics is difficult for some folks, but, this is great news for most of the Cuban people. They will have jobs in building their new infrastructure and beyond the construction there will be jobs to improve their lives and that of their country.

I congratulate all the countries that are finding Cuba an important trade partner. It is all good and I look forward to happier Cubans and greater peace for the Western Hemisphere.

For any other countries that feel left out of the burgeoning economy in Cuba, there is a permanent mission within the United Nations to start a new relationship. (click here)
May 11, 2015
The AP

French President Francois Hollande speaks to reporters on the tarmac of Jose Marti Airport in Havana late Sunday night. Hollande is the first French president to ever visit Cuba. (Desmond Boylan/The Associated Press) 

...Top diplomats from Japan, the European Union, Italy, the Netherlands and Russia (click here) have visited the island in recent months in bids to stake out or maintain ties with an island that suddenly looks like a brighter economic prospect amid warming U.S.-Cuba relations.
On Sunday night, François Hollande became the first French president to ever visit communist Cuba, bringing along five ministers and two dozen business people, including the heads of Pernod-Ricard, Cuba's partner in exporting Havana Club rum, and grain exporter Soufflet.
"It's impossible to deny that diplomatic detente between Washington and Havana has accelerated the process of normalization between Cuba and Europe," said Salim Lamrani, a Cuba expert at France's University of La Reunion.
Cuba was once accustomed primarily to visits from leftist Latin American partners and smaller allies in Africa and the Caribbean....

The UK started this movment to benefit the hungry in the USA.

Walgreens and M&Ms and NBC teamed up to promote this event.

Red noses are almost sold out, (click here) but don’t worry if you can’t find one! There are still a ton of ways to get involved in your community by having fun, raising money and changing lives.

I've always liked the First Lady, now I know why.

Since when is al Nusra the same as al Qaeda?

The USA needs a new AUMF rather than military propaganda. Al Qaeda has become a buzz word and not fact. The words al Qaeda is being used to justify military action. Most of what is occuring with the US military is illegal.

Daesh is not al Qaeda either. They are the Ba'thists. There is only pretense they are al Qaeda because of al Qaeda in Iraq. Once they grew their own network they no longer were affiliated with al Qaeda in any way. 

The relationship between Saudi Arabia and Turkey represents the reality these countries live with all the time. The USA chronically attempts to create a designer reality that never reflects reality. In the USA it is what sells politically and not the truth.  

This is the exact reason why the USA doesn't belong in the Middle East. The USA always believes it can recreate the USA anywhere it goes. That is delusional. It didn't work in Iraq and it isn't going to work in Syria. Turkey and Saudi Arabia are allies and they need support in the way they ASK, not carrying the burden of Western military priorities. 

The USA military has no idea what 'the ground' even looks like or respect local authority that has sustained for centuries if not millennia. The USA recognizes it's own propaganda as a "Terror List" which destroys every organized fighting group in the region. The USA needs to leave the Middle East to those that understand it. 

The USA is tolerated in the Middle East because it has a lot of bombs and soldiers and transportation that facilitates it's presence anywhere in the world within in short periods of time. The USA needs to put it's military wallet away and mind it's own business.

May 12, 2015
By Kim Sengupta

Turkey and Saudi Arabia (click here) are actively supporting a hardline coalition of Islamist rebels against Bashar al-Assad’s regime that includes al-Qaeda’s affiliate in Syria, in a move that has alarmed Western governments.

The two countries are focusing their backing for the Syrian rebels on the combined Jaish al-Fatah, or the Army of Conquest, a command structure for jihadist groups in Syria that includes Jabhat al-Nusra, an extremist rival to Isis which shares many of its aspirations for a fundamentalist caliphate.

The decision by the two leading allies of the West to back a group in which al-Nusra plays a leading role has alarmed Western governments and is at odds with the US, which is firmly opposed to arming and funding jihadist extremists in Syria’s long-running civil war....